Business blueprint strategy session in the Berkshires

Business leaders search for successful strategies

DALTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Business owners from across the state met in the Berkshires Thursday night to strategize creative ways to boost business in Massachusetts.

The economic success blueprint they develop will highlight goals and objectives the business leaders hope to see put into action by the next governor of Massachusetts.

Associated Industries of Massachusetts is spearheading the initiative, and is hosting collaborative meetings like this across the commonwealth. Thursday’s gathering took place at Crane Paper in Dalton.

“You have businesses that are large, you have businesses that are small,” said Dawn Creighton of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. “They all have the same challenges, yet they don’t get together enough to realize they have the same challenges.”

That sentiment was echoed by business owner Diane Pearlman, “In western Massachusetts it’s how to attract young people here, and how to keep them here. So we need to create jobs that are exciting for them; a reason for them to bring their families here.”

Associated Industries of Massachusetts plans to host several more of these meetings in the coming weeks, with hopes of presenting business owners’ concerns, as well as potential solutions to the governor-elect on November 14th.

According to the Associated Industries of Massachusetts website, “AIM is a community of Massachusetts employers working together to improve the business climate and create economic opportunity.”

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